District 37 Awards

District 37 recognizes the outstanding achievements in growth and leadership of our members each year with awards including the Club President of the Year Award and the Toastmaster of the Year Award.

Toastmaster of the Year Award

The Toastmaster of the Year Award is chosen by the outgoing District Governor. It is awarded to someone considered to have contributed to the success of the district during the course of the year.

View Toastmaster of the Year Award Recipients
2023Julianna DeMicco
2022Brian K. Crutchfield, DTM
2021Deb Lee, DTM
2020Nehal Tanna, DTM
2019David Lindquist, DTM
2018Nadine Sullivan
2017Michael Beach, DTM
2016Elmer Hill, DTM
2015David Nottingham, DTM
2014Angel Guerrero, DTM
2013Paul Colaianni
2013Nancy Johnson
2013Chris Wetli
2012Rick Dameron
2011Chuck Blethen
2010Larry Brown, DTM, PDG
2009Patrick Curley
2007Pete Breidenbach, DTM
2006Sindy Martin, DTM
2005Yolanda Potter
2004Pam Christopher, DTM, PDG, PID
2002Ron Bower, DTM
2000Forrest Greenslade, DTM
1998Harold Barger, DTM
1997Tommy Watts, ATM
1996Patricia Tierney, ATM
1995Wilma Hamlin, ATM-S
1994Morris Dean, ATM
1993Susan Lackey, ATM
1992Lori Bates, ATM
1991Paul Lynch, DTM
1990Ralph Walker, DTM
1989Raeford Smith, DTM
1988Harry Carpenter, ATM-S
1987Harry Carpenter, ATM-S
1986Marcia Barney, DTM, PDG
1985Robert Johnston, DTM
1984Mary Reynolds, DTM
1983Paul Lynch, DTM
1982Brent Taylor
1981Robert Freeman, DTM
1980Lee Beattie, DTM, PDG, PID
1979John Vrabel, DTM
1978Steve Medlin
1977Chuck Hora
1976Joe Ellisor, DTM, PDG
1975Sara Smith, DTM, PDG
1974Sidney Gunst
1973Peter Gerns, DTM, PDG
1972Leo Mortimer

Helen Yandle Award

Helen Yandle, a dedicated Toastmaster from Charlotte, touched many people with her warmth and enthusiasm for the organization,” writes Mary Cele (Bain) Brooks, 1985-86 District 37 Governor. During her Toastmasters career she formed several new clubs; served in all offices in several clubs; and edited several club bulletins. She served the District as Area Governor and Western Division Governor, and became a candidate for Lt Governor, Marketing.

During her Lt. Governor, Marketing candidacy in 1982, she died in an auto accident on her way to a Toastmasters meeting. District 37 was numbed by the loss of such an impactful leader, mentor, and dedicated member.

This award was created to honor her memory. Each year, an engraved plaque is presented to the “Outstanding Club President” in District 37 who exemplifies Helen’s spirit. The plaque is given in the Fall of each year, “to recognize the Club President whose efforts demonstrate the strongest motivation for club members to gain personal growth by taking advantage of the educational opportunities offered by Toastmasters International.”

View Helen Yandle Award Recipients
2022Julie Richardt, DTM
2021Taylor Johnson
2018Jay Paulson
2017Diane Harris
2016Freddie Barbour
2015Darnell Badger
2014Jackie Kilberg
2013Elana Gilbert
2012Jean Bailey Robor
2011Linda Stokes
2010Marvin Miles
2009Glenda Teams
2008Maria Betts
2007Connie Marthinsen
2006Deb Lee
2005Andy Kaplan
2004Deborah Joyner
2002Lisa Ann Andrews
2001Marilyn Sprague Smith and Hank Dearborn (dual award)
1999Peter Knudsen
1998Kensey Oglesby
1996Fran Breece
1991Mary Brady

Jay R Nodine Award

This award is given to a Toastmaster who exhibits excellence not only inside Toastmasters but outside within the community. This award ended in 2018.

View Jay R. Nodine Award Recipients
2018Deb Lee
2017Pete Breidenbach
2016Charles Harvey
2015Jessica Keys
2014Pam Christopher
2013Melissa Kennedy